Engineering

  • Head of subject: Mr M Lawless
  • Years taught: 9 to 11, Key stage 4
  • Qualifications: The Pearson BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Engineering
  • QAN Code: 603/0829/1
  • Examining body: Pearson Education (Edexcel)

What you will study

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop engineering sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance,
which cover the:

  • Development of key engineering practical and technical skills, such as research, observation, measurement, making, using computer-aided design (CAD) and disassembly
  • knowledge of key engineering sectors (mechanical, electrical/electronic and engineering
    design) and the interrelation of each in industry
  • Knowledge of the stages involved in planning and implementing an engineering project
  • Knowledge and skills involved in the investigation of solutions to engineering problems in
    response to a given brief.

This Award complements the learning in other GCSE programmes such as GCSE Design and Technology by broadening the application of design and make tasks, working with an engineering brief, testing and evaluation.

How is the course assessed?

The qualification has three components that focus on the assessment of engineering knowledge, skills and practices. These are all essential to developing a basis for progression and therefore learners need to demonstrate attainment across all components in order to achieve the qualification.

Unit 1 – Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications – internal assessment – 30% of qualification
Unit 2 – Investigating an Engineering Project – internal assessment – 30% of qualification
Unit 3 – Responding to an Engineering Brief – synoptic external assessment – 40% of qualification (one resit allowed)

What might you study after this?

The choices that a learner can make post-16 will depend on their overall level of attainment and their performance in the qualification. Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:

  • A Levels as preparation for entry into higher education in a range of subjects
  • Study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Engineering, which prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in an engineering area.

Learners who generally achieve at Level 1 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:

  • Study at Level 2 post-16 in a range of technical routes designed to lead to work, to progression to employment, apprenticeships or to further study at Level 3. For these learners, the attitudes and the reflective and communication skills covered in the qualification will help them achieve
  • Study of engineering post-16 through the study of a technical certificate. Learners who perform strongly in this qualification compared to their overall performance should strongly consider this progression route that can lead ultimately to employment in engineering sectors

Possible careers

The UK is regarded as a world leader in engineering, which covers a wide range of exciting and rapidly developing areas such as renewable energy, space, low carbon, aerospace, automotive, agri-food and bioscience. People with engineering skills are always in demand. Between 2010 and 2020, engineering companies are projected to have 2.74 million job openings.

For more information contact

Mr M Lawless.

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